Book storage….?

How do you store the physical books that you have?

I have 3 bookcases in the spare bedroom. My hubby now refers to that room as the library. I have my books arranged by author to make it easier to find books that I’m looking for. It makes sense to me because that’s the way the books are arranged at my local bookstore. Since that’s the way I am use to finding them at the bookstore, then I figured that would be a good way to arrange them at home.

I do have a Kindle Fire (as of last year) so that has helped me keep the bookcases from getting overwhelmed with books. There are some books that I can live with having on my Kindle and then there are some books that I have to have the physical copy of.

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Which one next?

The nice thing about having a Kindle Fire is that I can take a bunch of books with me without taking up a bunch of room in my carry on when I travel. So, my question is…..which book should I read next when I take my next trip? Keep in mind, I’ve marked the e-books that I’ve read already and there is one that is currently in progress, however, which one should I start next when I finish that one? Do you have any other suggestions besides what is on this list?

A Haunting by L. I. Albemont (already read)
The House with a Clock in Its Walls by John Bellairs (already read)
Craven Manor by Darcy Coates
Quarter to Midnight by Darcy Coates
The Haunting of Ashburn House by Darcy Coates (already read)
The House Next Door by Darcy Coates (already read)
Night Music (Nocturnes Volume II) by John Connolly
Aberrations by Joseph Delaney
Murder has a Motive by Francis Duncan (already read)
Murder for Christmas by Francis Duncan (already read)
The Magician’s by Lev Grossman
The Magician’s King by Lev Grossman
The Magician’s Land by Lev Grossman
The House of Dies Drear by Virginia Hamilton (already read)
The Mystery of Drear House by Virginia Hamilton (already read)
The Small Hand by Susan Hill
Pet Sematary by Stephen King (in progress)
1922 by Stephen King
The Girl Who Takes an Eye for an Eye by David Lagercrantz
Darker Daze: The Storms Within Volume I by A. L. Mabry
Hell House by Richard Matheson (already read)
Awake by Natasha Preston
The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater
The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater
Blue Lily, Lily Blue by Maggie Stiefvater
The Raven King by Maggie Stiefvater
The House on Foster Hill by Jaime Jo Wright

Worst book you’ve ever read?

For me, the worst book I’ve ever read was “The Night Strangers” by Chris Bohjalian. I read this book a few years back and it was clearly the worst book I ever read out of all the stuff I’ve read over the course of my life. The ending was the part I didn’t like about the book. I remember reading along, thinking this was a pretty good book until I got to the end. That book had the worst ending I could have possibly thought of. Anyway, don’t believe the synopsis on this one, it’s not what you think it is. That’s what sucked me into giving this book a try in the first place was the synopsis so I’m giving you a warning now. After reading this book, I have made sure to steer clear of anything written by Chris Bohjalian as I don’t want to be disappointed again.

So, what is the worst book you’ve ever read? What is it about that book that you didn’t like? If you can’t think of a specific book, then share your worst reading experience then if you have any…

What would you do?

What would you do if you didn’t have any books to read? What would you be doing in your spare time?

I honestly can’t see myself not being able to read. Burying myself in a good book allows me to go to my “happy place” and helps me to relieve stress from the day. Nothing helps me get over a bad day more than a good book (except for maybe my awesome hubby or favorite little puppy dog).

Reading can also be informational because I know some people enjoy reading for learning purposes. Other people read in order to keep up with the news and what all is going on out there in the world. I think reading helps to enrich our lives is some form or fashion.

How fast do you read?

How fast are you when you read? I know I’m not the fastest reader out there but I’m not the slowest reader either. I’m sure I’m about average when it comes to the pace. However, I normally like to take my time when reading. I do that on purpose so that I can enjoy the book I am reading, especially if the book is really good. Do you ever do that….read slower than you normally do so that you can enjoy the story? Or do you read fast no matter what?

Library….?

Do you think libraries will ever cease to exist at some point? What makes you think so? I think libraries will evolve with the times but I don’t they will ever cease to exist completely. There’s so much you can do at a library besides just check out a book. There is a wealth of information that you can find at your local library. I know that a lot of people are thinking, “Can’t I just find that stuff on the internet?” I don’t think you always can. There’s stuff you can find at the library that may pertain to history in your area that you may not always be able to find on the internet. Plus, at your local library, there is a librarian or other staff that may be able to help you with something if you get stuck. As far as evolving, I know some libraries are starting to let you “borrow” e-books now in addition to borrowing the physical books. The libraries are starting to realize, e-readers and tablets are becoming a thing these days so they are trying to keep up with the times.

Midnight release party?

Have you ever attended one of those midnight release parties? I know they did it for the Harry Potter series when they were being released. Did you ever try to go to one? Which book was it for?

I’ve never attended one myself. Whenever I’ve gotten a book that I’m anxiously waiting for, I tend to sort of shy away from people to avoid having someone spoil the ending for me before I can finish it. I’m not normally an anti-social person, I just don’t like someone revealing the ending before I get to that point. I think it’s rather rude to do that to someone unless the person you are talking to give you permission to do so.

Too old to read children’s books?

Do you think there is an age when you should stop reading children’s books? Why or why not?

I think a lot of people like to go back and read books from their childhood. That person may have good memories attached to that specific book and those memories may be brought back when they reread that book again later. Other people may just feel nostalgic and want to relive their childhood in some way be rereading a particular book. Last year, I reread a book that a teacher had introduced me to. I also reread the sequel to that book. They were books that I enjoyed enough that I wanted to read them again. Also, there was enough time that had passed since I had read them the first time that it was almost like reading a new book.

On the other hand, there are a lot of people that are adults that enjoy children’s books, like the Harry Potter series for example. I was already an adult when I started reading that series. I didn’t get into it when it first came out because I figured it would be too childish for me to read, however, I noticed that several relatives and friends of mine where reading them and quickly changed my mind. I was glad I did because I thoroughly enjoyed the series. In my opinion, there’s nothing wrong with an adult reading something that is considered a children’s novel.

Comic books?

Do you consider comic books/anime/manga/graphic novels to be the same as reading an actual novel? Now, I’m not one to say that the book has to have a certain word count before it’s considered a “novel” and it can’t have any pictures or anything like that. I would say “yes” to that first question.

I’ve read the mini series “Wraith: Welcome to Christmasland” that was written by Joe Hill. It’s a prequel to the novel “NOS4A2” that tells you all about how Charles Talent Manx became the villain in that novel. It doesn’t add anything or take anything away from the book. It just gives you some back history on Manx.

I’ve also read the Locke & Key series, which was also written by Joe Hill. That’s my first comic book series that I’ve read and it’s what introduced me to author Joe Hill. It’s a good series but I would consider it and the mini series listed above to be for “mature audiences” only because of some of the content.

Professor Albus Dumbledore

Albus Percival Wulfric Brian Dumbledore was the Headmaster of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry during Harry’s time in school. In the first 2 films, Richard Harris plays the part of Professor Dumbledore. When Harris passed away after the second film, Michael Gambon plays the part of Professor Dumbledore from the third movie on to the rest of the series. Who do you think plays the part of Dumbledore better…..Richard Harris (pictured on the left) or Michael Gambon (pictured on the right)? This is a big debate in my household….my spouse and I are always discussing who we think played the part better.